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Phonetic Language Transfer from Japanese to English in Initial Language Development

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Issue Date
2001
Publisher
Institute for Cognitive Science, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of cognitive science, Vol.2 No.1, pp. 45-58
Abstract
English and Japanese are based on two conventionally different sound
systems. English is based on an alphabetic system while Japanese is based
on a syllable-based system. This paper provides evidence of language
transfer from Japanese to English in a young bilingual childs adjusted
pronunciation of certain English words when they are first produced.
Furthermore, this paper compares phonetic language transfer of the
bilingual child with language productive research from a monolingual
child and three other bilingual children, two live mainly in Japan and one
in Denmark.
The main subject of this study is a Bilingual First Language Acquisition
(BFLA) child. The child simultaneously acquires two languages after birth
and is exposed to Japanese and English fairly regularly because the mother
uses Japanese and the father uses English to address the child almost every
day. This study analyzes language production of this subject for the final 10 days in Japan (1;11.13-1;11.23) prior to going to America,
approximately two months while in America (1;11.27-2;2.7), and
approximately two months after returning to Japan (2;2.7-2;3.28). The
subject was raised in Japan from birth until 1;11.13 with the immediate
family and the Japanese maternal grandfather. The researcher did a
frequency analysis and phonetic analysis of words produced by the child
using the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES) Codes for
the Human Analysis of Transcripts (CHAT) to transcribe language
production of the child. CLAN programs were used to facilitate a variety
of searches and do analyses.
ISSN
1598-2327
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/70697
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